Originally Posted by Colleen27
Ditto to all of this.
I have a friend who is on the registry. His crime? He hooked up with a chick in a club. We were regulars back then and we knew they carded so he didn't even think twice about starting a (immature, mostly sexual) relationship with a young woman he met there. Turns out she was 15 and using her older sister's ID to get in. None of us ever would have guessed - this girl passed a police check when we got pulled over and the officer wanted all our IDs to check for curfew violations - but when her parents found out they were FURIOUS... not at their precious little snowflake, but at the "sexual predator" who "led her astray". And they made sure the prosecutor threw the book at him because in our state reasonable belief of a person's age is not an acceptable defense. Seeing what he went through certainly changed the way I view the registry... It would be a far more effective tool if it was limited to predatory offenses, or even if it gave details of the case beyond "criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree".
I think this is purely a PR move on Disney's part, not any sort of protection for park guests. The predator who hasn't yet been convicted is still in the parks, along with any foreign predators who aren't on registries in the US, and of course there are all the other classes of creep that aren't subject to registration - non-sexual abusers, thieves, thugs, etc.
Yes your friend's case is a good example of registries needing more work and making sure if reflects one risk's. Not knowing your friend's case, but having clients with similar details, we would focus less on sexual re-offense and ask the questions about impulsivity, and sexual preoccupation. Why would someone hook up with someone they barely know. Why be involved with someone sexually your barely know. I had a client who dated a girl for 3 months before he found out her real age. When he found out he broke it off, she got angry and called the police.